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MV Abdullah docks at Kutubdia with all 23 crew members

  • The sailors to be brought to Chittagong on Tuesday
  • Somalia pirates attacked the ship on March 12 
  • The ship was released on April 14
Update : 14 May 2024, 12:02 AM

Bangladeshi vessel MV Abdullah which was released on April 14 with all 23 crew members after 33 days of captivity by Somali pirates, anchored at Kutubdia point in the Bay of Bengal in Cox’s Bazar district on Monday evening, ending long wait of families.

Mizanul Islam, media adviser of the vessel owner KSRM Group , said the vessel reached the Kutubdia coast around 5pm.

Later, it was anchored at 6:30pm.

The crew members of the MV Abdullah ship will board the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT)-1 of Chittagong.

 At 4pm on Tuesday, the sailors will board the NCT from that ship via a lighter vessel.

Chittagong Port Authority has organized a short program with them there.

The reason for anchoring at Kutubdia is that such a large ship does not have the opportunity to dock at the jetty of port city. The ship contains 56,391 tons of limestone. This has increased the ship's draft (the length of the underwater part) to 12.5 metres, which is equal to four stories. As a result, it will not be possible to bring the ship to the port jetty, said Mizanul Islam. 

He said that the crew members were supposed to board the Sadarghat KSRM jetty through a lighterage vessel.But this afternoon the program has been changed. Now instead of Sadarghat jetty, they will board NCT.

Earlier, the ship entered the Bangladesh water territory in the morning.

KSRM sources said senior officials of KSRM are expected to be present to receive the sailors at the jetty. They and family members of the sailors will be at the jetty to greet the sailors.

KSRM Group Media Adviser Mizanul Islam said: "The 23 sailors of MV Abdullah are healthy. On April 30, the ship left the United Arab Emirates for Bangladesh with 56,000 metric tons of limestone. The ship is scheduled to reach Kutubdia on Monday.”

The vessel encountered the Somali pirates' attack on March 12 while transporting 55,000 tons of coal from the Maputo port of Mozambique to Al Hamriyah port in the UAE.

The pirates released the ship on April 14 after allegedly receiving a ransom.

The Bangladeshi-flagged vessel MV Abdullah was held captive for around 33 days.

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